Paula Leigh Butcher-Bliss


June 17, 1942 - January 10, 2012

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Wasilla resident, Paula Leigh Butcher-Bliss, age 69, passed away at home with her loving family at her side on January 10, 2012.

Graveside services in honor of Paula will be held 2:00p.m. Monday, January 16, 2012 at Palmer Pioneer Cemetery. Bishop Breshears will be conducting the service. Service may be delayed due to weather, please contact Valley Funeral Home for inquiries.

Paula was born July 17, 1942 in Seattle, Washington daughter of Harold and Hazel (Bingham) Butcher.

Paula was a very proud and longtime Alaskan who enjoyed sewing, gardening, bird watching, her family and pets. She and her family were among the first to travel the Alaska Highway in 1946. Paula attended the Quonset Hut Elementary School in 1948 and graduated from Anchorage’s West High in 1960.

The family wrote “Words can do little justice to the foundation our ‘Great Paula’ gave to our family. Her incredible strength, unconditional love, and dedication throughout her life made her a great mentor for all who knew her. One cannot think of her without hearing her beautiful laugh and cheerful voice, thinking about the kindness and uplifting support she constantly gave. Her prayers and immeasurable faith was the umbrella in the stormy world in which we live. Our mother, grandmother, greatest friend and confidant will be truly missed and forever loved.”

Paula is preceded in death by her mother, Hazel C. Butcher; father, Harold J. Butcher; and Harold C. Bliss.

She is survived by her son, Wyatt Matthew Bliss; daughter, Leigh Miller; granddaughter, Jennifer Leigh Miller of Spokane, WA; granddaughter, Heather Miller-Bailey of Palmer, AK; great-granddaughter, Emma Christine Bailey; brother, David Butcher of Anchorage, AK; and brother, Darwin Butcher of La Conner, WA.

Family Cared for by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory.